Four Thousand Weeks
The most staggering realisation hit me very recently, listening to an audiobook, which will come as little surprise to those who know me or who've followed these blogs for a while.
Life is short.
I know, I know, hardly a mind-blowing revelation, but the way it was expressed was at first alarming, then incredibly exciting.
I’ve given up trying to get more stuff done, there’s always more to do than I’ve got the time to actually get done myself. Oliver Burkeman, in Four Thousand Weeks makes it painfully apparent how little time we have in it’s reductive title, made even more alarming by highlighting that every decision we make is also a decision to not do the infinite number of other things we could be doing with our time.
I have sacrificed some of my clinical time so I can be the best dad and husband I can be for my family. I’ve also sacrificed time with my family to maintain relationships with my friends. And I’ve sacrificed time with my friends to concentrate on my work.
Every decision, is a decision not to do everything else.
I find it immensely liberating to know that I’ve sacrificed everything else in the world at this moment in time to do what I’ve chosen to do right now.
Knowing this, means I am going to give 100% of myself to whatever it is I’m doing right now because it costs far too much not to do so.
I want to always live in the moment.
I want to choose to do only the most important things.
I want to give 100% of myself to whatever I decide the most important things are.